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RACINE – Sunny skies overlooked the Racine HarborMarket on Thursday, July 28. Monument Square was packed to the brim with market goers, while sweet aromas filled the air, on the second market of the season. Local businesses including farmers, bakers, restaurants, and more, displayed and showcased their products for all of Racine to see.

The Racine HarborMarket has felt abundant love during its inaugural season. This market is a collaboration between the  Kenosha HarborMarket and Downtown Racine Corporation (DRC). The Kenosha organization has managed the Kenosha HarborMarket for the past 30 years, and with great feedback from the sister market to the south, organizers have chosen to bring the fun to Racine.

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Around 30 vendors set up shop at Monument Square in Downtown Racine for the second Racine HarborMarket. – Credit: Emma Widmar

The local market’s expansion has provided an opportunity for locals to source their groceries from companies operating close to home. It allows people to dine close to home and connect with community members at an outdoor event that includes free admission.

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Wang Dao Vang was at the Racine HarborMarket offering lots of produce and flower bouquets. – Credit: Emma Widmar

Among the vendors at the second Racine HarborMarket were The Corn King, Red Hen Soaps, Lionfish Jewlery Co, Wang Dao Vang, Adoption Acres, and many more.

To view a full list of the 30 vendors who were present, read Racine HarborMarket announces vendors for July 28.

Flower bouquet from Wang Dao Vang. – Credit: Emma Widmar

Food vendors include nominees for Best of the Best contest

Dragon Pit BBQ serves patrons of the Racine Harbor Market. Dragon Pit BBQ has received nominations for the Racine County Eye’s Best of the Best BBQ. Nominations are being accepted now through Aug. 3. –

Dragon Pit BBQ was also on site serving up rib tips and other barbequed meats. The vendor has received nominations for the Racine County Eye’s Best of the Best BBQ. Market-goers were able to get a taste of the contender’s menu. Did you get a chance to try his BBQ? If so, head to the nomination page to vote for him or other establishments from Racine County.

A delicious feast from the pit of the dragon. – Credit: Emma Widmar

Local vendor weighs in

Between the first and second events, both vendors and shoppers have expressed that the Racine HarborMarket has been a great addition to the markets in Racine County. Rose Skora, owner of Adoption Acres, is able to sell her variety of farm-raised meats including whole chickens, bacon, pork cuts, eggs, and more at the event.

The owner of the small and sustainable agricultural business shares, “as a vendor at the Kenosha HarborMarket, it’s nice to see the extension to Racine. Even though the event looks different, I appreciate the fact that we’ve expanded beyond Kenosha boundaries, bringing vendors to the local (Racine) area.”

Lionfish Jewelry Co- Hannah Leonard & Matthew Drennen, The artist creates jewelry from shark teeth, beach glass and other natural finds. – Credit: Emma Widmar
Red Hen Soaps had much to offer the droves of shoppers on July 28. – Credit: Emma Widmar

Markets and More

This market isn’t the only place where you can shop locally. Read these two articles to see what else is happening in Racine County so you can try the following spots for more:

Shoppers at Red Hen Soaps take part in the free Hand Spa. – Credit: Emma Widmar

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